A Ballard-Hudson Middle School eighth-grader was arrested Monday, accused of beating up his school bus driver and sending the driver to the emergency room.
The bus was dropping students off Monday afternoon when a male student began cursing and bumping up against the bus driver, said Craig Lockhart, an assistant superintendent for student support services.
When the driver turned the bus around to head back to the school and notified campus police, the student began attacking the driver as the bus approached the school’s bus ramp, Lockhart said.
The bus driver was admitted to the emergency room with a swollen jaw, a large bump on his forehead and several cuts, according to Lockhart.
The student is being held in the Youth Detention Center, charged with battery on a school official. He was also suspended from school pending an evidentiary hearing.
“This type of behavior is uncalled for, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the schools or the district,” Lockhart said. “These actions put the driver and the remaining students on the bus at danger.”
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